Public Art Category

Environmental

From earth art and eco-art to land art and healing projects, there are many forms that fit under this heading. Artists utilize natural materials and recycled junk or engage in infrastructure projects and system-based work.

March 10, 2017

The Hive

Artist: Wolfgang Buttress

LONDON – Inspired by scientific research about the health of bees, British artist Wolfgang Buttress designed The Hive to raise awareness about the importance of pollinators in feeding humanity. From a distance, The Hive—surrounded by a one-acre wildflower garden—looks like a swarm of bees. Its 17-meter-tall latticework structure is made from 170,000 aluminum pieces weighing … Read More

March 3, 2017

Hunting the Symbol

An interview with sculptural landscape architect and writer Charles Jencks

DUMFRIES, Scotland – Apparently, our universe is not immense enough to contain the imagination of landscape architect and author Charles Jencks. He instead thinks in terms of multiple universes, which he evokes in his most recent work, the Crawick Multiverse, a 55-acre sculptural landscape that sits on the site of a former open-pit mine in … Read More

March 1, 2017

The Infinite Green

Artist: Adam Kalinowski

WROCLAW – After building the 110-square-meter wood and steel structure for The Infinite Green, Polish artist Adam Kalinowski covered it in 3,000 plants. The green sculpture, whose shape recalls an infinity sign, contains more than 100 plant species, including perennials and succulents that bloom at different times of year. With seven levels that feature an … Read More

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February 1, 2017

Christo Shelves Over the River in Response to Trump’s Election

Artist to shift his focus from 20-Year Colorado work to Abu Dhabi Project

FREMONT, Colo. – In a statement posted on the website of his Over the River project on January 25, Christo announced that he will shift his attention from that 20-year effort and concentrate exclusively on a project in the United Arab Emirates. “After pursuing Over The River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado, … Read More

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January 11, 2017

Fire on the Veld

South African artist’s mammoth fire-etched images are also an experiment in grassland ecology

At sunset on April 11, 2015, fire erupted in a 12-acre swathe of dry grass in the Khatlhampi Private Reserve near Johannesburg, South Africa. This was no wildfire; it was a controlled burn, carefully supervised by Working on Fire, an NGO that specializes in fire management on savannah lands. The burn was also designed—by Johannesburg-based … Read More

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July 26, 2016

A Natural High

Unused elevated train tracks in Queens could turn into the Wild Line

NEW YORK – If a Queens, NY, architectural firm and a Brooklyn rooftop-farm builder get their way, a derelict Long Island Railway (LIRR) spur in Long Island City, Queens, will become the Wild Line—a nature sanctuary that’s a shorter, greener, wilder version of Manhattan’s popular High Line. According to a proposal put forward earlier this … Read More

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May 13, 2016

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Architecture as Resource

Muck Petzet and Florian Heilmeyer, eds.

An alternative guide for architects, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle posits reinterpreting waste materials as precious resources. Via German-based project examples, the publication suggests valuing existing architecture for development. Topics include the overall energy lifecycle of buildings, as well as the cultural and social importance of preexisting architecture. Rather than building anew, the editors view regeneration and conversion … Read More

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May 9, 2016

Taking Sustainable Cities Seriously: Economic Development, the Environment, and Quality of Life in American Cities

Kent E. Portney

In this information-packed second edition, Portney compares sustainability initiatives across small, medium, and large American cities, examines the various issues involved with management and implementation, and discusses new directions for cities to take in pursuit of sustainability. Click here to purchase.

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May 2, 2016

Green Architecture Now! Vol. 2

Philip Jodidio

From Seoul to Berlin, from Los Angeles to Hanoi, sustainability is the hot ticket in architecture. Exploring the why, how and where, this publication tours the globe for locations where stylish structures designed with the planet in mind are both trendy and necessary. A worthwhile survey of a topic in everyone’s best interest: building a … Read More

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April 27, 2016

The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation: Building a Livable Creative Urban Village

Weiming Lu

In The Tao of Urban Rejuvenation, storied urban planner Weiming Lu showcases his revitalization and redevelopment work in St. Paul, Minnesota. He also contemplates the most important elements in any urban rejuvenation program for any city looking to transform its neighborhoods. Click here to purchase.

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April 15, 2016

James Turrell: A Retrospective

Michael Govan and Christine Y. Kim

Published in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition of Turrell’s work, this monograph contains essays, an artist interview, and specially commissioned photographs. Readers are enlightened with the inspirations spanning the artist’s career—including his experience with aviation, science, and psychology—and can explore an in-depth feature on Roden Crater, a site-specific intervention on an extinct volcano near Flagstaff, … Read More

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March 28, 2016

Seeing the Forest and the Trees

A natural “installation” uses public art to raise awareness of deforestation

When conceptual and environmental artist Konstantin Dimopoulos moved to Melbourne, Australia, from New Zealand, he was struck by the abundance of trees in his new surroundings. With a population of 4.25 million, Melbourne boasts 70,000 trees, which cover 20 percent of the city—and city planners hope to increase that ratio to 40 percent. Besides being … Read More

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